The USD Discovery Disctrict will provide an environment where university research can be conducted and commercialized and a resource to help grow companies in South Dakota. The District will help connect universities with innovation-driven businesses that are in the entrepreneurial stages or expanding. Tenants are expected to establish relationships with university faculty and students or engage in activities related to research in Regental institutions.
Located on the grounds of the Community College for Sioux Falls–formerly known as the University Center–in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the 80-acre USD Discovery District shares a campus with the Graduate Education and Applied Research (GEAR) Center, which opened in 2009 and is focused on biomedical engineering research (biomaterials and biomedical devices).
USD is working with the South Dakota Technology Business Center and Forward Sioux Falls to plan and launch the park. These organizations will also play a key role in helping attract and support additional park tenants. Additional partners include the City of Sioux Falls and South Dakota Board of Regents.
Now in its earliest stages, USD’s Discovery District will deliver a significant contribution to the region’s economy and quality-of-life. This forward-looking residential, research park will attract and blend a community of entrepreneurs, scientists and knowledge workers. At the top of the list of those who will benefit: USD students.